Box Score Recap – 8/27/2016

Lehigh Valley won behind Anthony Vasquez’ quality effort and reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff  berth to six.

Reading lost again.  They have lost six of their last seven games.  Good thing they’ve already clinched a playoff berth.

Clearwater won behind Will Morris and Zach Coppola and remain alive in their division race, barely.

Lakewood lost but still has a 3.0 game lead.  Their magic number is six.

Williamsport won but is 5.0 games back in the wild card race.  Their elimination number is four.

And, the GCL Phillies lost.  But they are very much in control of their own destiny.  And Kevin Gowdy returned to the mound in a short rehab appearance.

Lehigh Valley (79-55)  Beat Buffalo, 12-2.  Anthony Vasquez (4-0, 2.83) pitched 7.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.  He walked one and struck out three.

The IronPigs mashed 17 hits.  Ten of their 12 runs scored with 2 outs.  Cedric Hunter had 4 hits and 2 RBI (51).  Darin Ruf had 3 hits and one RBI (63).  Darnell Sweeney, Cody Asche, Andrew Knapp, and Jesse Valentin had 2 hits apiece. Knapp and Asche had 3 RBI, and Valentin hit a 3-run HR (3).

Nick Williams was struck by a pitched ball by former IronPig Chris Leroux with 2 outs.  He remained in the game and eventually scored the games first run.  Six runs later, the IronPigs took a seven run lead to the bottom of the inning, and Sweeney took the field for Williams.

  • #1 Crawford (.252)  went 0-4 with 2 BB
  • #3 Williams (.265)  was HBP his first AB and left the game after the inning
  • #4 Alfaro (.279)  DNP
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.263)  went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI (44)
  • #18 Pivetta  DNP
  • #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29)  DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (83-49)  Lost to New Hampshire, 5-3.  Tyler Viza (4.35) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings.  He stuck out four.  Miguel Nunez (4-3, 2.91) absorbed the loss giving up two runs in the top of the ninth.

Christian Marrero had 3 of the Phils’ 7 hits.  Rhys Hoskins hit his 37th home run and picked up 2 RBI (111).  Roman Quinn was removed from the game in the top of the fifth inning.  No official explanation.

  • #4 Alfaro (.279)  called up to Phillies, optioned to Lehigh Valley
  • #7 Cozens (.277)  went 0-3 with a BB
  • #8 Quinn (.282)  went 0-2
  • #13 Hoskins (.278)  went 1-4 with a HR (37) and 2 RBI (111)
  • #14 Kingery (.256)  went 1-4 with a double
  • #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75)  DNP
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.18) – 1,0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Clearwater (77-53)  Beat Daytona, 6-2.  Will Morris (9-3, 3.56) held the Tortugas to 1 run on 9 hits.  He struck out 4 and walked NONE.  Tom Windle (3.98) stuck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in 1.1 innings.

Zach Coppola had 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Threshers raced to a 6-0 lead.  Kyle Martin and Drew Stankiewicz also had 2 hits each.   Coppola (5) and Martin (4) each stole a base.  The Threshers managed ten hits, all singles.

The Threshers remain 3.0 games behind Dunedin with 8 games remaining.  They are a half game behind Daytona, and play the Tortugas Sunday.  Dunedin’s elimination number is 6.

Catcher Chace Numata is hitting .316.  If he he can accumulate enough plate appearances down the stretch he will qualify as the FSL batting champion.  Currently, Numata is six appearances short of qualifying as the league leader (he has 345, he needed 351).  A hitter needs 2.7 plate appearances per game played by his team.  If the Threshers complete their schedule with no more cancellations (they’ve had 2 already), Numata will need 373 plate appearances (138 x 2.7 = 372.6).  Numata would need 27 appearances over the remaining 8 games to qualify.  Coach Legg has moved him up to the 3-hole in the batting order where he had batted only 11 times all season.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)  DNP
  • #22 Canelo (.248)  went 0-3 with a sacrifice
  • #23 Tocci (.279)  went 1-4 with a SF and RBI (47)

Lakewood (67-64)  Lost to West Virginia, 5-4 in 10 innings.  Lakewood took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, were tied in the bottom of the ninth, and let the Power walk off in the tenth.  Along the way, they wasted an excellent start by Franklyn Kilome.  He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just 5 hits.  He struck out 5 and walked NONE.

The Power were probably glad to see Kilome leave the game as they jumped on Edgar Garcia (3.02) and Sutter McLoughlin (1-3, 2.68) for 5 runs.  McLoughlin gets credit for his first blown save and the loss.

The BlueClaws mustered an 11-hit attack, 10 singles and a solo HR (10) by Jan Hernandez. Cornelius Randolph, Deivi Grullon, Jan Hernandez, and Edgar Cabral had 2 hits apiece. Power pitchers struck out 12 BlueClaws.

  • #6 Randolph (.282)  went 2-5 with 3 K
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 errors (91 pitches)
  • #27 Pujols (.244)  went 0-4 with a BB
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)  DNP

Williamsport (34-32)  Beat Brooklyn, 8-2.  Felix Paulino (2-4, 3.02) gave up one unearned run in 6.0 innings.  He held the Cyclones to two hits and walked one.  He struck out five.  Tyler Hallead (5.95) earned his first professional save with 3.0 innings of one-run relief.

The Crosscutters pounded out 12 hits.  Luke Maglich had 3 hits and an RBI.  David Martinelli had 2 hits and an RBI.  Evan Rogers had 2 hits.  The big damage was provided by Darick Hall who had 2 hits, a double and a HR (6), and 4 RBI.

  • #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91)  DNP
  • #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43)  DNP

GCL Phillies (41-15)  Lost to the GCL Tigers West, 3-0.  Kevin Gowdy made an appearance after missing 5 weeks due to a slight strain in his thigh.  He struck out the first batter he faced and pitched a clean inning.  Will Stewart came on in the second and pitched very well.  He retired the Tigers in order in 4 of his 5 innings.  He induced 8 GO to 3 FO.  He struck out 3 and walked NONE.  He allowed both hits (singles) opening the third inning. The Tigers use a sacrifice and SF to score their first run.

After Stewart retired 12 in a row, Geury Ortiz (8.56) started the seventh and gave up 2 unearned runs in 0.1 inning.  Kale Fultz (4.61) relieved and retired all five batters he faced. The Phillies’ pitchers held the Tigers to 3 hits and 2 walks.

The Phillies were held to 3 hits, singles by Mickey Moniak and Jose Antequera, and a double by Jhailyn Ortiz.  They drew zero walks and struck out 11 times.

The Blue Jays also lost.  So, the Phillies are still in first place by 2.0 games.  Since the Jays played 2 less games, their elimination number is a combination of three Phillies wins and Jays losses.  If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage.  The division winner will face off against the NE Division champion Braves who have a losing record (27-28).

  • #2 Moniak (.281)  went 1-4
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)  1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #15 Stobbe (.254)  DNP
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.238)  went 1-3 with a double
  • Stephen (.260)  went 0-4 with
  • Miller (0-0, 1.50) DNP
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75)  DNP
  • Stewart (2-2, 4.06)  5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Fanti (7-0, 1.51)  DNP
  • Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50)  DNP

DSL Phillies (28-40)  Postponed, rain again.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.295)
  • Keudy Bocio (.225)
  • Simon Muzziotti (.256)
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.257)

DSL Phillies2 (42-28)  Postponed, rain.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
  • Rafael Marchan (.333)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/27 – Phillies activated C A.J. Ellis.
  • 8/27 – Phillies optioned Jorge Alfaro to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

40 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/27/2016

  1. The Pigs had 17 hits and none from Crawford or Williams. Williams I understand, because he was HBP. Crawford had 2 BBs, so there is that. He has 71 Ks and 71 BBs on the year. Valentin has, very quietly, been hitting .310 over his last 10 games. He’s been on base in 9 of those games. He has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs over that stretch. He also has 5 BBs and 5 Ks. He looks like he’s settling in LHV. Remember he’s only a year older than Crawford.

    Hoskins and Cozens are in a dead heat for the HR championship. Cozens hasn’t hit a HR in 10 games. If you want to see why Reading is slumping, look no further than Cozens. He’s had 1 hit in his last 8 games to go with 17 Ks. Hoskins hasn’t exactly picked up the slack hitting .250 in his last 10 games but he has 2 HRs and 7 RBI plus 5 BBs over that stretch. He’s taking what the opponents are giving him.

    Laird has hit in 10 straight games. He’s doing his best to carry LKW to the playoffs. At the beginning of August, I thought LKW would be the only Phils minor league team to not at least be in the playoff race but they have been awesome since. It is no coincidence that Laird joined the team on August 4. Since Laird joined the team they are 18 – 7. That’s a .720 win % plus they lost the 1st 2 with him back as he tried to fit into the lineup.

    Felix Paulino is another of those LA pitchers to get excited about. He’s 21 and in his 3rd season in the Phillies organization. In his last 7 outings, 6 of them were at least 6 innings, he’s had a 1.27 ERA. He keeps Wmsprt in games nearly every time out. He’s not a big K guy but he’s skimpy on the BBs. Just someone to keep an eye on.

    With Jan Hernadez reaching 10 HRs that makes the 16th Phils minor leaguer to hit that number this year. The others: Cozen, Hoskins, Pujols, Fox, Ruf, Martin, Tromp, Pullin, Alfaro, Featherstone, Walding, Green, Stassi, N. Williams and Campbell. Hunter, Harold Martinez, Perkins and Tobias could reach that plateau. Even Asche is only 3 HRs back.

    Did you know ‘C’ Randolph’s middle name in Cleopatrick. We could call him CCR after one of the great rock bands or even CC Rider, which was originally See See Rider. People of my generation might remember it as part of a Medley by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (1965) or possibly the Animals version in 1966. You come for a Phillies blog and get a music lesson. Where else but the internet?

    Cumana was pulled from the game after singling and eventually getting thrown out at 3rd base. Anyone know of an injury?

    KC Serna looks like a super utility guy. This year he’s played all 3 OF positions and all infield positions but 1B and C (if you think that’s an infield position?). Plus he’s hitting .299 with a .774 OPS. He’s 26 y/o so he’s long in the tooth but he’d be playing in LHV most of this year, if there weren’t so many key prospects and 4A type guys needed just in case.

    Chris Leroux of the Bisons has the worst game score I’ve seen. He had a -6.

    1. Seems like Valentin has struggled initially at almost every level before settling in. That could be a sign that he’s good at making adjustments; obviously that’s important. He gets overlooked because he doesn’t have loud tools, but I think he has a chance at surprising some people.

  2. I’m a big fan of Cornelius Randolph, and am happy to see him holding his own with a fairly aggressive promotion to Lakewood this season (along with dealing with injury). I think he’s going to be a quality big league player. But … what is up with the Ks? He’s always been billed as having that Gwynn-esque inside-out swing that makes easy contact to all fields. He showed an incredible approach as an 18-year-old last year in GCL. He shouldn’t be striking out in 20 percent of his plate appearances, given the lack of power he’s shown thus far.

    Growing pains?

    1. I’d be curious to know what % of his Ks are swinging vs looking. But in any case I’m not concerned.

      Kilome’s performance was very encouraging. No walks, especially.

      1. 8mark…if it is any consolation…his first 20 games in the SALLY and GCL(rehab) he had 19 Ks….a higher skill level of pitching and the upper back/shoulder ailments could have really affected him. The last 40 plus games since the injury the Ks ticked down to 33. So there is some improvement. And he has had two games with 3 Ks during the second half..

        1. 8mark…..I may be wrong in saying ‘some improvement’…he actually went from 25% Krate in those first 20 games to 18% in the last 40 or so games. That is a pretty significant decline.

        2. Good input, thanks Romus.

          On another note, big club has not only been losing lately but getting blown out. Both starting and middle relief arms are either tiring or simply not good enough at this point. Alarming the scores over last 2 weeks. 9-0, 9-1, 12-1, 15-5, 9-4. Of course the bats might be getting a little heavier now as well.

          1. Yes Phillies is a major slide…..they could challenge by the end of September for a top 5/7 pick next June the way they are free falling. Other than the Braves and Twins…..they are in ear shot of the other clubs with a little over 30 games left.

          2. Well, just look at the rotation. Velasquez, Nola, and Eflin weren’t exactly lights out in the first place, and Thompson struggled as well, but now the Phils rotation apparently consists of Hellickson, Eickhoff, Morgan, Buchanan, and Asher. That’s probably a #3, a #4, and three AAAA guys (though maybe I’m selling Asher short). Don’t look for the starting pitching to improve in the last 30+ games.

  3. I was one of the guys hoping the Phillies would choose Puk in the draft. After a slow start, he’s been pitching very well in Vermont with few walks.

    After drafting Moniac with the top pick, I was hoping they’d take Alec Hansen in the second round. He signed at slot and is doing great so far. Spilled milk, I guess.

    1. Speaking of Alec Hansen, that White Sox draft is looking pretty incredible at the moment …
      Zack Collins (#10 overall) is only hitting .255 at A+, but his .381 OBP, .490 SLG, .871 OPS, and 6 HR’s in 98 AB’s are impressive.
      Zack Burdi (#26 overall) is already in AAA. Through four levels he’s at 33 IP, 19 H, 16 BB, 48 K.
      Alec Hansen (2nd round) has reached the SAL. His stats through three levels are 48.2 IP, 18 H, 18 BB, 76 K (the bulk of these numbers were accumulated in the Pioneer League so they are a bit inflated).
      Alex Call (3rd round) has also reached the SAL. He’s at .314/.409/.448/.858 through two levels (the majority of it in the SAL).
      Jameson Fisher (4th round) is old for the Pioneer League (22 YO), but his .325/.425/.466/.891 is still nothing to sneeze at.

    1. Hinkie…..remember who his agent is
      If he holds out until June, Phillies will have to wait for 2018 to collect on the QO.

      1. It won’t come to that, Romus. A team whose first round pick is protected or a team with multiple first round picks will sign him this winter.

  4. Alfaro is playing for Reading today even though many locations had him optioned to LHV, including the international league transactions and MILB LHV roster.

    1. Personally prefer to see a little of Lively….but if Kline, Asher and Buchanan are installed in the last few weeks in the rotation, then an indication that the 25-year old in 2017, Lively;s future within the org is in question. He may not be protected come November and exposed to the Rule 5. They did that last year with Tommy Joseph ….as it happened that turned out pretty well for the Phillies.

    1. rocco…..hah,
      …..though wins can be overblown, Lively does have 17 wins this season between Reading and LHV. And though his whiff ratio is not great since he has been a Philly prospect ( approx. 7 Ks per 9), prior to that he was at approx. 10 per 9. But his other metrics this year are largely plus.

      1. Looks like Lively should win the Phils minor league pitcher of the year. Didn’t he win it for the Reds also? I bet not many pitchers have accomplished that. With Cozen’s recent collapse, Hoskins may win player of the year.

        1. Yeah he did….not only top pitcher , but best player …..chosen as the Reds’ top minor league player in 2014.

          1. Lively is supposed to be the number 5 guy next year, not bringing him up for same reason they are shutting VV and Thompson down, innings pitched.

  5. Roman Quinn was placed on the 7 day DL for Reading. Certainly hurts the team, and our chance to see him in Septemper.

      1. Concussion from being hit in the head with a pickoff throw.

        I was quietly hoping that Quinn would make it to September healthy. He was maybe the player I was most looking forward to seeing when rosters expand.

      2. Concussion….got hit I the head on a pick off throw to first base last night.
        The guy has no luck at all it seems…..how many body parts are left…. from his upper body to lower body.

        1. Don’t ever like to see a guy suffer a concussion, but in Quinn’s case it might be preferable to another soft tissue injury (e.g., oblique, groin, hamstring).

          1. Did they xray or is this just a precaution that b a baseball go through might not be a concussion just what the trainer assumes since he got hit.

  6. Just read an insightful article on isportsweb (sorry I can’t attach the link) about Phillies rotation in 2017. Rather encouraging when you consider the problems of the 2nd two thirds of ’16. The writer is a guy named Tal Venada. He reasons that when you break down the history of each of the 6 most logical candidates – Hellickson, Nola, Velasquez, Eickhoff, Eflin and Thompson – the one guy whose developmental pattern suggests longterm success is…..

    Jake Thompson. At each level he has first struggled significantly before figuring it out. The numbers bear it out. Of course, he’s in the big leagues now. Eickhoff is touted as the most durable and dependable of the group. Eflin has had 2 bad knees since he was 11 yrs old. Nola and Velasquez have the most upside while Hellickson has Scott Boras to determine where he’ll play next season. A good read for anyone interested.

    1. I also saw that article. I usually try not to read stuff and the Phillies young pitchers very much right now because everyone seems to think of 4 22 to 24 year old pitchers aren’t going to be good (anymore) because of a few bad starts and some injuries. I just don’t understand why everyone thinks that, epically because most of those same people thought that those 4 young pitchers were going to be very good just I few months ago.

  7. Alfaro sent from LHV to Reading this morning, Pullin put on DL today with right elbow sprain.
    Brown comes off DL today and played today.

  8. IMO the likeliest place for TBergjians will be in the pen. His Ks indicate a strikeout guy so maybe his pitching in a shorter role will be suitable. We’ll see. He is 23…and 3 rungs lower than the bigs. As a reliever, he’d have a shorter trip to the top rung.

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